PH's first subway up for NEDA Board approval

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2015 03:45 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2015 11:45 PM

MANILA – Two proposed projects of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) worth P394 billion are up for approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board this month.

Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center executive director Cosette Canilao said the meeting for these projects — the subway rail system and the motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS) — will be held in two weeks.

“The NEDA board will be meeting I think on March 24 or 25. We have two PPP projects in the agenda, the first is the mass transit system or the subway that would connect Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati as well as the Pasay area,” Canilao told said.

“The another one is the motor vehicle inspection project… The subway estimated project cost will be around P370 billion, while for MVIS is at P19 billion,” she added.

The proposed mass transit system loop aims to connect the business and commercial districts of the Bonifacio Global City, Makati and the Mall of Asia area in Pasay.

The 12-kilometer new line will run mostly underground, making it the country’s first subway system. The subway routes are still being finalized, although one possible plan has the subway running through McKinley Avenue to Bonifacio Global City.

“The DOTC is talking to the Manila Golf members and there are engineering solutions to make sure that the property of the Manila Golf Club members won’t be destroyed. We’re hoping we’ll be able to come to a solution that would benefit not only them but the whole country,” Canilao said.

The MVIS, on the other hand, will link to the information system of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Meanwhile, Canilao said the natural gas pipeline that is envisioned to connect Batangas province to Manila will be submitted to NEDA Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC) for approval next month.

“It will be submitted to the ICC for approval, but if base on the evaluation of technical working group, and then the ICC wants additional information or further study that could result in delays. But hopefully we get that approved,” she said.